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Edited Length: 45:27
U.S. Airdate: June 10, 1990
Nielsen Rating/Rank: [9.1/3]
Majel Barrett: [Lwaxana Troi]
Frank Corsentino: [DaiMon Tog]
Ethan Phillips: [Dr. Farek]
Peter Slutsker: [Nibor]
Rudolph Willrich: [Reittan Grax]
Carel Struycken: [Mr. Homn]
Line Producer: David Livingston
Co-Producers: Hans Beimler & Richard Manning
Producer: Ira Steven Behr
Co-Executive Producer: Michael Piller
Executive Producer: Rick Berman
Written By: Fred Bronson & Susan Sackett
Directed By: Robert Legato
Executive Producer: Gene Roddenberry
Co-Producer: Peter Lauritson
Executive Script Consultant: Melinda M. Snodgrass
Story Editor: Ronald D. Moore
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At a reception on the Enterprise following a trade agreement on Betazed, Deanna argues with her mother about Lwaxana's insistence that Deanna "settle down" and raise a family. Then, Lwaxana is accosted by the Ferengi DaiMon Tog, who not only would very much like Lwaxana to use her telepathy to help Ferengi deals, but is sexually attracted to Lwaxana as well. Lwaxana, not surprisingly, is revolted, and orders Tog away.
Riker and Deanna both take shore leave on Betazed (Picard badgered Riker into doing so), while the Enterprise conducts a quick, nearby mission studying a nebula (which, incidentally, is Wes's last mission- he's about to leave for the Academy to take his oral exams). While Riker and Deanna stroll around the fields, they run into Lwaxana (with Mr. Homn in attendance, of course)- and then, worse still, all three of them are kidnapped by DaiMon Tog and taken on board his ship, the Krayton.
After Riker and the Trois awake in a cell, Tog beams the two women over to him, without clothing. As Lwaxana pretends to be interested in both of Tog's propositions (and Deanna returns to the cell), and keeps him relaxed and distracted, in a state of sexual pleasure, Riker tricks the Ferengi first officer into letting him out of the cell, but he and Deanna quickly find that to send out a communication, they need Tog's security code. Unfortunately, when Lwaxana tries to get the code out of Tog (ostensibly to fix him a drink), the Ferengi doctor catches her, and insists to be allowed to probe her brain to find out how her telepathy works, despite the fact that it might kill her.
Meanwhile, the Enterprise leaves the nebula, restoring communications, and discover from one of the Betazoid heads of state, Reittan Grax, that Riker and the Trois have been kidnapped. Unfortunately, they have no idea where the Krayton might be, and cannot decode Ferengi transmissions.
Riker taps into the warpfield phase shifter and modulates the static into a pattern the Enterprise will recognize. Unfortunately, since only Wesley recognizes it, he's forced to miss his transport to the Academy to help rescue Riker. As they begin to track the Krayton down, Lwaxana offers Tog a deal: if he sends Riker and Deanna back, she will stay with him, and serve him both sexually and telepathically in his business dealings. Tog agrees, just as the Enterprise shows up. Picard tricks Tog into returning Lwaxana as well, by pretending to be a jealous lover of Lwaxana's, who will kill to get her back. Finally, saying that although the Academy must make Wes wait, he cannot make Wes wait for the Academy, Picard gives Wes a field promotion to full Ensign.
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